Only a month old, Field & Green has opened on Wakefield Street, in the former premises that were occupied by Big Bad Wolf. The name reminds me of the Irish song ‘The Fields of Athenry’! It stems from chef Laura Greenfield’s name and she and business partner Raechal Ferguson have graced Welly from the London cafe scene.Their fit out is clean, simple, and styly and they’ve made an excellent use of the space with ample seating. You can also sit at the counter at the back on stools and watch the action in the kitchen.
Arriving early on a Saturday, I was warmly greeted by the maitre-d. The European soul food menu which changes weekly, had me intrigued. It was so different and inspiring, so much that I wanted to try everything. They source fresh local ingredients and have a homemade bakery selection (scones, biscuits, cake), and an all day and lunch (entree, main and pudding) offering.
The leek quiche sounded good as did the Croque Monsieur savoury beignets, and mince on polenta loaf. I was keen to try the kedgeree but then good one (not), I stupidly was swayed by sound of the daily special; egg and chorizo frittata. My bad. Why did I do that? I make ‘da bomb’ frittata all the time. I also didn’t even think to ask what it was served with and when the small, cold wedge arrived with a slice of rye toast and relish, my little foodie heart sank. I would have preferred some greens. It was quite nice but I couldn’t really taste the chorizo. Food envy crept in when I saw the mince on polenta being delivered to the table at the front. Girlfriend chose the homemade muesli with Clevedon buffalo yoghurt and poached tamarillos. Presentation was 10/10 but she did find it a bit dry so had to ask for milk. We think we just ordered wrong! Our “People’s Republic” lattes were amazing and served with a wee heart decoration. So good that girlfriend ordered a second one.
Service was very friendly and attentive however at times a little too attentive that it caused some confusion with our order. I think they were just trying too hard as it wasn’t overly busy. Still early days to settle down, so easily forgiven.
I got to nip back again for a girlie catchup over a coffee and icecream. How decadent. We shared a scoop of F&G’s amazeballs homemade peanut butter, chocolate and salted caramel and a scoop of the Kir royale sorbet: blackcurrant and champagne. This was served in beautiful chilled glass sundaes. We savoured each mouthful with lots of oohs and aahs. The place was hopping and the lunch dishes going out before our eyes looked divine.
Peeps this is a hip spot and perfect at this end of town on weekends or week days for passionate foodies, corporates, retirees and yummy mummies. It will undoubtedly give other places near it, a definite run for their money, as it is unique and not your average run of the mill cafe. Yes the grassy field in this instance is greener.